Energy Stories

Jordan Leonard, Silver Spring, Maryland

Partners in Energy: Jordan Leonard

One person can make a difference and this series profiles a leader, advocate, or resident who is dedicated to improving energy efficiency and helping the county realize its goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 80% by the year 2050. Find out more about them in their own words. This installment highlights Jordan Leonard of

Cold weather collaboration with Manna

As temperatures drop, it unfortunately becomes harder for many people to keep themselves comfortably warm, even in their own homes. A new area partnership aims to help eliminate that reality for Montgomery County families. The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is working with Manna Food Center – a Rockville-based organization dedicated to eliminating hunger in

Leading the Way: County activates two advanced microgrids

On October 24, Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett announced the official activation of two advanced microgrids for its Public Safety Headquarters (PSHQ) in Gaithersburg and Correctional Facility in Boyds. The microgrids are on-site clean power generation systems, which permit both facilities to operate independently from the power grid to ensure continuity of operations in the
Different Bulbs

Where do CFLs go?

Throughout this past summer and fall, DEP’s Residential Energy Program Manager, Larissa Johnson, has been collecting old incandescent and compact florescent (CFL) light bulbs to ensure that Montgomery County residents have the most energy efficient bulbs on the market.     LEDs? But I just switched to CFLs! It may seem like you just switched

Two years of the Residential Energy Program!

  Watt’s Up with Montgomery County’s Residential Energy Program? In 2016, the Residential Energy Program launched. After 2 years, it is well on its way to energy and greenhouse gas emission reductions! 14,237 residents engaged 229 events, including: 25+ congregations 21 libraries 16 senior centers 4 regional service centers 10+ schools 10 MANNA food distribution

MCPS Students: Develop your P.O.W.E.R. to make a difference!

If you’re a high school student in  Montgomery County Public Schools, you’re eligible to participate in the P.O.W.E.R. Program! Through this program. you’ll learn how to share valuable information with Montgomery County residents about energy conservation, efficiency, and renewable energy opportunities available to them. Why become a P.O.W.E.R. student? Earn SSL Hours Use this program

Saving energy and taxpayer dollars through continuous improvement of County operations

Montgomery County’s Department of General Services (DGS) often works behind the scenes to ensure that the County is operating efficiently, both in terms of cost and utilities, through innovative programs and processes. Improving performance through continuous improvement In 2018, DGS launched their Continuous Energy Improvement Program. This Program is exactly what it sounds like –

Buying green electricity for your home

An important way to combat global warming is to switch our electricity supply to “green” electricity (generated from wind- and solar-powered sources, both of which do not emit carbon dioxide). Electricity generation is the single largest source of U.S. carbon dioxide emissions.  Electricity sold by Pepco in Maryland in 2017 was generated mostly by coal